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Hampshire County Council Grants

Community Buildings Capital Fund

What is funded?

The Community Buildings Capital Fund supports capital based projects including refurbishment and improvement of Hampshire community centres, village halls and charitable and voluntary organisations (which offer a full and varied open access community programme).

Hampshire County Council can fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs not exceeding a maximum grant of £25,000.

The aim of this funding programme is to focus on projects which provide improvements that reduce running costs and develop facilities which support early intervention and prevention through helping people to stay safe, eat well, be active, access information and advice and connect with others.

Examples of eligible projects include:

The programme is not designed to be overly prescriptive and developed innovative ideas for projects are encouraged.

What isn't funded?

The following organisations are not funded under this scheme:

The following projects are not funded under this scheme:

When to apply

Organisations will not normally be awarded more than one grant per financial year and previously funded projects must be completed before a new application is made. If an organisation requires an emergency request outside of the above dates please contact

Grant criteria and eligibility

The Community Buildings Capital Fund is open to the following community based organisations who benefit a local community/local communities in Hampshire, support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Serving Hampshire - Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 and improve the health and wellbeing for all, improving the quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged:

These organisations must be properly constituted with clear and effective local governance and management structures.

Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. Where it is judged that unallocated reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes, those organisations may receive a reduced grant. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.

Grant criteria

Capital based projects must fall into one or more of the following categories:

Organisations need to demonstrate:

Applicants will be expected to have obtained permission from the landlord to undertake the capital work. If required applicants will also be expected to have obtained (or engaged in the process of) planning permission and/or listed buildings consent (if appropriate) to carry out the works.

Where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation will be expected to submit supporting documentation. All documentation will be used, alongside the application form, to assess against the grant criteria.

Feasibility studies

In order to assist voluntary organisations apply for funds from other sources, Hampshire County Council may support the costs of feasibility studies. Applications will be considered for 50% of the cost of such studies up to a maximum of £500.

Documentation required

Organisations will also be expected to submit documentation as part of their application. Please see the application checklist for a quick reference guide.

All projects
Grants £5,000 and over
Grants £10,000 and over
Grants £25,000 and over

For applications requesting support for capital energy efficiency projects

On occasions, at our discretion, we may require further information and documentation in addition to the above to support the assessment process.

Hampshire County Council can fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs not exceeding a maximum grant of £25,000. We strongly advise applicants to read the guidance notes before completing the application to ensure the correct information is provided. View the guidance notes and online application form.

Support with Community Buildings development and funding is also available from Action Hampshire.

If you require further guidance or wish to discuss your project with the CCBS Grants Team, please call 01962 845390 or e-mail

Apply now

Application guidance notes and online form (for applications up to £25,000)



CCBS Grants
Hampshire County Council
Office 2
Second Floor
Castle Hill
SO23 8UL

Telephone 01962 845390


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